Apple Granted a Patent That Could End iPhones Recording at Concerts

Apple intends to end the glowing screens at concerts. Apple applied for a patent for technology that could put an end to people using their iPhones at concerts and their patent was accepted.

“[A]n infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.”

For concert-goers, when a band is on stage, and you lift your phone to take video and the phone says, “recording disabled” because of infrared transmitters that would disable your camera.



NBC News took a poll on twitter to see if fans would be in favor of a camera phone ban at concerts. Almost 54,000 votes were cast and 81% were not in favor.


Apple also wants to focus this patent on stopping illegal filming of movies at the theater. Museums would like to see this new patent into actions to join in with many musicians that are trying to discourage filming.

Matthew Modine said on Twitter, ” If apple receives a patent that would block cameras at musical events it could also block them at political protests.” This becomes a worry to many Apple iPhone users that could possibly see the patent technology blocking the public from filming police on the streets in action and taking away rights to video in public areas.

Apple filed for the original patent in 2011 with updates in 2014 because of Technology. There are no plans currently for this to be applied to the future release of the iPhone 7, but expect to see something in the future.

 a vlogger out of London said on Twitter said, “Wow so Apple have made a patent that can stop your iPhone from filming at gigs … What else can they do with our phones control.”

For the millions of iPhone users, they may be looking to Android for their next phone. It will only be a short time until hackers and 3rd party apps unlock this feature and cause more changes for the Apple team.

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Pvris performing at The Vinyl in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 21, 2016. Photo by CR Thelin

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